So Who IS my Neighbour?

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The dictionary would tell us that the Neighbour is one who lives near Us. That is what We have been taught in Schools too.

But when Jesus had spoken about Our Neighbour, it had Nothing to do with Proximity of Residence. Refer His Example of the Good Samaritan, in Luke 10:25-37.

According to Jesus, A Neighbour is Any and Every Person within Sight; Especially those in Any kind of Need.

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A Good Friend in WordPress, Shiva Malekopmath, has written a post entitled: THUS SPAKE JESUS: LOVE THY NEIGHBOR, at:

https://wordpress.com/read/post/id/85502981/476

In that, he has shown the various kinds of dwelling We face these days, and the Ensuing ‘Neighbours,’ some of whom are More ‘UN-Neighbourly’ than anything else. Very True, of course.

Now, for the Houses of Jesus’ times:

Jewish houses

Jewish houses and street scene

Not too different, as far as Congestion is concerned, from today’s world. Images from Internet. For more, please visit:

http://www.bible-archaeology.info/housing.htm

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That about the Houses. What about Neighbourliness?

  • We know that they had plenty of ‘Judges.’ So Crimes, Fights, Land litigations and Nastiness existed.
  • On top of that, even the ‘Judges’ of Jesus’ time, and even before, were Corrupt! [Luke 18:1-8, and the Book of Susanna, or Daniel 13, etc].
  • The Parable of the Good Samaritan shows that the man had been Beaten up and Left half Dead, Not just Robbed. No Use of Minimum Force! He was left in Blood and Gore. The Priest and the Levite did not want to dirty their Lily white hands on him. So once again, Robbers, Crime and Nastiness existed.

We cannot really call that as Much different from Ours. If We want to speak of Downright Barbarism,

  • Romans Crucifying People by the Dozens on the roadsides, and
  • Nero Fiddling away after having given the command to set Rome itself on Fire, are examples.

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To Conclude:

According to Jesus,

  • My Neighbours are Not Just those of my Income Group, Caste and Creed,
  • Those with Whom We do Not mind Mixing and Eating .
  • EVEN THE CRIMINAL AND HE, WHO CAN RIGHTLY BE CALLED LOW-LIFE, IS MY NEIGHBOUR!

We are All God’s Children; Children of ONE Father.

How We Deal with the Difficult Elements may be a Big and Separate question. But,

According to Jesus, EVERYONE is my Neighbour. To be Loved and Cherished and Cared For.

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4 comments

  1. So true and so beautifully said. 😊🌟 It is not easy to live our lives that way, because as humans, we are used to doing what is easy as opposed to what is right and good. But if we truly did love our neighbors, all of us, the world would be a better place. Not everyone is easy to love, but Jesus loved everyone, even the ones who made it difficult to love them. Are we better than Jesus that we can’t at least try? I am willing to try because I believe that is what God expects of me.

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  2. Thanks So Much Swamiji !
    It gives a boost to my thoughts and knowledge.
    I could not understand how did you give that link above of my blog which shows of my Post, usually it is like the one which appears on our blog mentioning the name of our blog.
    But instead, one which you have given is of wordpress only.
    It shows of my post but not of my blog. How to do that. This is for my information.
    Shiva

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    • Thank You, my Dear Shiva, for Your kind comment.

      As for Your question, Are You asking how I gave the link to Your post in my article?

      First of all, I have to confess that I am NOT a computer expert.

      You had responded to an earlier post of mine, and gave the name of Your article. I went to that, read the post, prepared mine, and gave the reference to Yours from the site of Yours which was open on my browser. I had only copied and pasted the site id.

      Wonder if this answers Your question.

      Hearty Regards. 🙂

      Like

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